Solar Plant Pollutes River in China … Riots Ensue

Solar PanelWhat does sustainability truly mean in an industrial world? Villagers in Zhejiang Province are wondering the same thing since the production of solar cells and batteries at a factory in the area has effectively poisoned their river and their children … Via the BBC:

Hundreds of villagers in eastern China have held three days of protests at a solar panel plant over pollution fears. Around 500 people started gathering at Zhejiang Jinko Solar company in Haining city, Zhejiang province, on Thursday. Some of protesters stormed the factory, overturning several company cars and destroying offices, officials said. Residents in the nearby village of Hongxiao said they became concerned after the deaths of a large number of river fish.

One 64-year-old villager told the Associated Press that the factory — located close to a school and kindergarten – discharges waste into the river and spews dense smoke out of a dozen chimneys. “The villagers strongly request that this factory be moved to another area,” he said. “I am very worried about the health of the younger generation”.

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  • Redacted

    Oh dear.  I’m sure the Chinese government isn’t planning on harming these people.

    • MadHierophant

      Not like that one time.

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear.  I’m sure the Chinese government isn’t planning on harming these people.

  • Anonymous

    Not like that one time.

  • MoralDrift

    Some mighty fine communism ya got there

    I’m sure that all workers dream of living next to toxic factories that pay shitty wages..what would Mao say?

    • Jin The Ninja

      “The mass line represents the creative and productive energies of the
      masses of the Chinese population, which are potentially inexhaustible.
      Party members should take their cue from the masses, and reinterpret
      policy with respect to the benefit of the masses.”

      The problem with Maoism, and in fact all authoritarian systems- is that when you aquiesce control to a small minority of insulated elite- the masses don’t count for much. China’s totalitarian ways prove time and time again to be the best example of Capitalism in it’s true and most virulent form. A sort of petri dish of free market and social control- with no regard for anything but profit.

      We live in a strange world, when a supposedly “market socialist” nation, out Capitalizes the rest.

      • Jin The Ninja

        I should add that i am specifically referring to Maoism in a chinese context, i am in fact interested in seeing how maoism exerts itself in a parliamentary context in Nepal and in indigenous resistance in India.

  • Anonymous

    Some communism ya got there

  • Anonymous

    “The mass line represents the creative and productive energies of the
    masses of the Chinese population, which are potentially inexhaustible.
    Party members should take their cue from the masses, and reinterpret
    policy with respect to the benefit of the masses.”

    The problem with Maoism, and in fact all authoritarian systems- is that when you aquiesce control to a small minority of insulated elite- the masses don’t count for much. China’s totalitarian ways prove time and time again to be the best example of Capitalism in it’s true and most virulent form. A sort of petri dish of free market and social control- with no regard for anything but profit.

    We live in a strange world, when a supposedly “market socialist” nation, out Capitalizes the rest.

  • Mamagriff50

    I am all for green energy…But not at the cost of any human life or livlihood. It seems to me companies [including American] are not only relocating over seas for cheap labor, but also for non-existant or near non-existant EPA standards. All of these companies should be boycot, and brought to the attention of national media.

  • Mamagriff50

    I am all for green energy…But not at the cost of any human life or livlihood. It seems to me companies [including American] are not only relocating over seas for cheap labor, but also for non-existant or near non-existant EPA standards. All of these companies should be boycot, and brought to the attention of national media.

  • Mamagriff50

    I am all for green energy…But not at the cost of any human life or livlihood. It seems to me companies [including American] are not only relocating over seas for cheap labor, but also for non-existant or near non-existant EPA standards. All of these companies should be boycot, and brought to the attention of national media.

  • Anonymous

    I should add that i am specifically referring to Maoism in a chinese context, i am in fact interested in seeing how maoism exerts itself in a parliamentary context in Nepal and in indigenous resistance in India.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Forget the DVD players and iPhones, we need to import some of the moxie these Chinese just showed. 

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Forget the DVD players and iPhones, we need to import some of the moxie these Chinese just showed. 

  • Aleph Omega

    Hey, look at that. The Chinese are rioting, and Americas are still sitting on their asses, watching football, or holding up protest signs and singing Cumbaya while getting their heads kicked in by the cops. I guess the Chinese must not have flouride in their drinking water…
    “Authorities shut down the plant — found to be emitting excessive levels of potentially toxic fluoride — Monday after hundreds protested in Zhejiang province’s Haining city, but locals are still concerned about their health.”

    Oh whoops, I guess they do NOW! Lol… funny how the BBC doesn’t mention the flouride.

    http://www.mysinchew.com/node/64000

    • Aleph Omega

      This reminds me of some “lost” episode of Captain Planet where the guy with the pig-face and the chick with the bangs over her eye set up a solar panel factory in a third-world country as a front operation to dump toxic chemicals into the local water supply and kill everybody… Oh no wait. That’s the real world. Kind of ironic, huh?

  • Aleph Omega

    Hey, look at that. The Chinese are rioting, and Americas are still sitting on their asses, watching football, or holding up protest signs and singing Cumbaya while getting their heads kicked in by the cops. I guess the Chinese must not have flouride in their drinking water…
    “Authorities shut down the plant — found to be emitting excessive levels of potentially toxic fluoride — Monday after hundreds protested in Zhejiang province’s Haining city, but locals are still concerned about their health.”

    Oh whoops, I guess they do NOW! Lol… funny how the BBC doesn’t mention the flouride.

    http://www.mysinchew.com/node/64000

  • Aleph Omega

    This reminds me of some “lost” episode of Captain Planet where the guy with the pig-face and the chick with the bangs over her eye set up a solar panel factory in a third-world country as a front operation to dump toxic chemicals into the local water supply and kill everybody… Oh no wait. That’s the real world. Kind of ironic, huh?